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“Get an Express pass” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal's Islands of Adventure
6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 (Florida Center)
407-363-8000
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Ranked #4 of 285 things to do in Orlando
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Universal's Islands of Adventure features some of the most innovative rides and attractions ever made on seven spectacularly themed islands: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and Port of Entry.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reston, Virginia, United States
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“Get an Express pass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Traveled with my '20 year old daughters. We were all about Harry Potter World. But once done there, had an even greater time taking our time, going on all the rides in Islands of Adventure and next day Universal Studios. Wow. universal has changed since last there in 1996. Of course, can't miss Hogswart and Hogsmeade. Spider-Man is great, as is Jurassic Park. But the best was in Universal, I.e, Despicable Me. Don't miss that. And Men in Black. So much fun trying to out score your seatmates. We visited two weeks before Easter. Pretty crowded. So I can't say enough about how great it was to stay on a Loew's property and get into the parks an hour early and have Express passes as part of the hotel package. Line waits of 70 minutes? With Express it took 10. Only complaint is that in the early AM there were no food/coffee offerings. But for a Starbucks in Islands of Adventure. We did both parks in a day and a half. With a great lunch at Hard Rock and Bubba Gump. Will be back in 2 years after Diagon Alley is open and the crowds have thinned.

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“Express tickets expensive - Get there early”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Harry Potter world is excellent - a lot of attention to detail has gone into this. Get there early . . plan to arrive at the car part 30 mins before opening time so as to be at the entrance to the park 5-10 mins before opening. This way there will be no queue for your first ride. Note express ticklets depending on day can be expensie USD 99 per person . . . . more than the price of the entry entry itself.
Also save money by purchgasing tickets on line on the Universal website and print at home - system works fine.
We visited on Thursday & again on a Saturday. Saturday was quiet up till around 11:00 - 12:00. Seems a lot of local people visit on Saturday, driving Saturday AM. We completed around 10 or 11 rides by lunchtime (the same as a full day on Thursday) so pick your day and plan entry time carefully.

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“Queues”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The queues were horrendous for the main attractions. Harry Potter especially. We were gong to buy a line jumper ticket at a cost of $60 each. Only to findout the main attractions weren't included. Despite the long waits, some of the rides were amazing. You must try The Twister just to remind you how bad rides can be.

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“Everything You Need to Know About Universal Islands of Adventure That Universal Does Not Tell You”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

My daughter, 2 grandchildren (ages 14 & 10), & I visited this theme park on Friday, 04/25/15. If you think the admission fee is expensive, “you ain’t seen nothing yet”! Here’s what we found:
1. The park is comprised of restaurants, souvenir shops, carnival games, food & drink kiosks/stands and other assorted ways to spend your money – interspersed with an occasional ride or attractions. We estimated that there are 10-12 places to spend your money for every one ride, show & exhibit.
2. You can easily spend 2x your admission fee inside the park with food costing the most. Example: hot dog at $7.00.
3. Our advice: bring your own food. This is permitted - though nothing is written about this anywhere by Universal (except under food allergies on their site, assuming you know where to look). We brought sandwiches, small desserts & water. Drinks can be heavy to carry so you might consider buying these at $4-5 per.
4. There are 3 water rides. These are lots of fun for all ages provided you do not mind getting VERY wet. We wore bathing suits & flip-flops to the park, did the water rides in the morning and then changed into dry clothes for the rest of the day. Lockers are available at $4.00 for 90 minutes – YES, they are timed just like parking meters – to store you lunch & dry clothes. They are small but we managed to jam our food & dry clothes into one.
5. People that do the water rides and were not prepared have one option – they can use the drying booths. However, there is a $5.00 charge (what a surprise!) and they really smell – think boys high school gym locker room.
6. Parking is very convenient – unlike Disneyworld – at $17.00.
7. If you like dinosaurs do the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. It’s very well done and seems to get overlooked (not crowded). We saw the hatching of a dinosaur egg -- and it did not cost anything.
8. Photos taken by park facilities cost $20 & up. You can do most yourself EXCEPT for the water ride photos.
9. Harry Potter World is the most crowded. The Forbidden Journey ride is the most popular in the park (read long lines). However, it is a must per my grandchildren who said it was their favorite thing. There are also lines to get into the watch/wand shop.

They are off to Universal Studios (Park #2) today

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“I came for Harry Potter.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was brilliant! Don't take my word for it. Go see it for yourself. I suggest waiting until they finish the new sections of the world. I wish we would have went next year instead.

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